TIMELESS -- "Public Enemy No. 1" Episode 114 -- Pictured: (l-r) Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston, Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan, Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin -- (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)
“Timeless” is not only headed back to TV, now it’s coming to California.
The NBC series has been approved conditionally for $9.9 million in tax credits to move production from Vancouver, Canada, to the Golden State. There (or here, depending on where readers reside), Season 2 of “Timeless” plans to employ approximately 250 cast, 220 crew and 3,000 extras.
The series is on track to spend nearly $40 million dollars in qualified expenditures, the California Film Commission said on Thursday, which includes wages to below-the-line workers and payments to in-state vendors.
“Timeless,” which was initially canceled by NBC before a fan revolt revived the time-travel show, joins three other TV series — “Lucifer,” “Legion” and “Mistresses” — to relocate from Canada to California under Program 2.0. Now in its third year, Program 2.0 has relocated total 12 series to Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
In addition to “Timeless,” 27 recurring series in various stages of production are currently in the Program and eligible for tax credits. To-date, a total of 50 television projects, including pilots, movies of the week, miniseries and TV series have been accepted into Program 2.0.
Also getting tax credits simply by virtue of being picked up are “Veep” ($7.3 million), “This Is Us” ($9.9 million), “Code Black” ($6 million) and “SWAT” ($8.2 million). Their inclusion in the program was previously known.
“We’re pleased to welcome ‘Timeless’ to the growing list of TV series that have relocated from other locales, including Canada, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Louisiana, Florida and Texas,” California Film Commission Executive Director Amy Lemisch said. “Program 2.0 is creating long-term jobs while enabling such projects to take advantage of California’s unmatched production resources.”
“Each successful TV series has the potential to create steady jobs over multiple seasons,” Lemisch added. “Bringing such high-quality, high-wage jobs back to California is precisely what Program 2.0 was designed to do.”
“Thanks to the tax credit program, we are able to capitalize on California’s vast talent pool of experienced crew and below-the-line support and infrastructure,” added Ed Lammi, executive vice president of production for Sony Pictures Television. “We know these assets will be a huge benefit for producing the second season of ‘Timeless.'”
20 Stars We're Worried About on Tax Day, From Nicolas Cage to Martha Stewart (Photos)
Tax Day is here, and don't worry, Cardi B, it's confusing for everyone. These stars have all had issues with the IRS in the past. Hopefully they're not sweating it again at the deadline.
The "Blade" star spent three years in prison after being found guilty on three counts of failing to file a federal income tax returns in 2008. Snipes dodged $7 million in taxes between 1999 and 2000.
The "Mean Girls" star was caught trying to stiff the IRS three years in a row (2009, 2010, 2011), leading the IRS to seize her bank accounts in 2012. Charlie Sheen eventually helped pay back some of her debt.
"Rush Hour" star Chris Tucker reached a settlement with the IRS in 2014. A federal tax collector filed a $2.5 million lien against the actor, but it was described as a formality necessary to the settlement.
The former NBA star may need to put his friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to the test by taking out a loan to pay off the $450,000 he owed to the states of California and Michigan, plus the federal government, in back taxes in 2014.
"The Fosters" star Teri Polo filed for bankruptcy in 2014, with Chapter 11 filings that showed she owed $745,000 in back taxes to the IRS and another $27,000 to the state of California.
The "Beautiful Girls" singer was hit with a lien in 2012 after the IRS found out he never paid $131,379 in taxes from 2009, the year he made it big in the music industry.
This Grammy-winning singer paid her tax debt to society, failing to file returns on $1.8 million earned between 2005 and 2007, by serving three months in prison in 2013.
"The People v OJ Simpson" detailed O.J. Simpson's murder charges, but not his tax issues. In 2013, the IRS filed a lien for more than $500,000 of unpaid taxes between 2000 and 2011.
The original "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch was convicted of tax evasion in 2006 for failing to pay taxes on the show's $1 million prize. He served 51 months in federal prison.
When the IRS came asking for millions of dollars in unpaid taxes from Willie Nelson, the country singer was forced to auction off his personal belongings. He even released the album "The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories?" to help raise the money for repayment.
Former "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson was hit with tax liens totaling more than $350,000 in 2012 over unpaid taxes to the federal government and the state of California.
Unrelated to her 2004 prison sentence for insider trading, Martha Stewart was forced to pay $220,000 in back taxes to the IRS in 2002 for her home in New York.
The IRS slammed Nicolas Cage with a bill for $6.2 million in 2009. The actor promptly sued his money manager for negligence and fraud.
In 2014, The New York Times reported that Reverend Al Sharpton owed more than $4.5 million in back taxes to the IRS, adding that his National Action Network was only able to survive by not paying payroll taxes on its employees.
Joe and Teresa Guidice
After filing for bankruptcy in 2009, Joe and Teresa Giudice were convicted on fraud charges in 2013. Joe was also charged with failure to file tax returns for 2004-08.
In 2012, Lionel Richie owed $1.1 million to the IRS in unpaid income taxes from 2010.
The IRS issued a tax lien against supermodel Christie Brinkley totaling $531,000 in 2011. Worth an estimated $80 million, Brinkley apologized publicly soon after and vowed to pay it back immediately.